As I sent of my eldest son to an overnight school camp and my husband off to work early this morning, I had this overwhelming sense that I was sending them off to battle. Every time they leave for school and work they are in a battle, a spiritual battle.
My men face temptations, attractions and allurements that promise them pleasure, enjoyment, distraction and temporary happiness. We know there is more to the world then what we physically see with our eyes. Knowing that the devil and other evil spirits are prowling the earth seeking the destruction of souls makes me wonder if we are armed for the battle. Even if the devil and the evil spirits cannot persuade us to disown our faith or loyalty to Christ, they can attempt to divert us from doing the will of God by distracting us with ‘good’ things that weigh us down or make us indifferent towards the things of God. The devil will show us a means of escape so we will stop fighting the battle.
Consolation comes in knowing that when we make ourselves lowly, little, like children before God, he sends his angels, our own personal army to watch over us and guard us. The greatest danger we put ourselves in, is thinking we alone possess the strength to ‘refuse evil and choose good.’ Our strength comes from God alone, his angels are his troops whom he sends to battle for us. We must be humble enough to ask for his help. When we approach God as a child approaches their earthly father for help, he will not desert us. He not only sends us an army to fight for us, he equips us with spiritual weapons. He gives us his shield of faith, the breastplate of righteousness, etc., so we can resist the devil and his lies, and empty promises.
When I sent my men off this morning it was with a blessing and a prayer. I pray they are like the characters in my book who know how to use their supernatural gifts. My hope is that my men are armed for battle, with prayer, eyes of ‘truth’ and humility before God so that they may turn away from worldly attractions, temptations, distractions and lies.
Today as the Church remembers our Guardian Angels let us not be fools in facing the spiritual battle alone. Let us instead call on our Guardians daily to join us and guard us in battle.
Angel of God, My Guardian Dear
To whom God’s love entrusts me here
Ever this day, be at my side
To rule and guard,
To light and guide.